Wonder Woman #1 Preview: Hitting the Ground Running

Following up on Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 from two weeks back, the new Wonder Woman series is set to officially launch this Wednesday. Yes, I know it’s confusing to have a Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 followed by Wonder Woman #1. It seems like a dumb strategy to me, too. Everything would be a lot simpler if the special was the first issue, but DC wanted to make a whole big thing of it. Regardless, here we are, with the book debuting for real this time.

The first issue picks up where the “Rebirth” special left off, with Wonder Woman trying to understand the discrepancies in her past. It’s set in the present, and written by Greg Rucka with art by Liam Sharp. The next issue will be set in the past, with art by Nicola Scott, and the two stories will alternate for the next six months. Comic Book Resources has a preview of the first issue, so let’s take a look:






So first off, this is pretty gorgeous stuff. Sharp’s been super enthusiastic about his Wonder Woman gig since it was first announced, and you can see that in his art. It’s lush and detailed and just lovely all around. The starless tiara annoys me a bit, just because I’m a traditionalist that way, but everything else looks very nice.

While we’ve got five pages of the book here, we don’t have a lot of story. It seems that Rucka and Sharp just decided to open the issue with a bunch of rad shots of Wonder Woman, and I’m cool with that. I’m sure the rest of the book will have some more meat to it and dig into the mysteries surrounding Wonder Woman. All we know so far is that she’s in an African jungle and that she’s looking for some answers. From the scratch marks on the tree on the final two page spread, I think that she might be looking for the Cheetah; plus the jungle seems a logical place for the Cheetah to hang out. We’ll find out in a couple of days!

Wonder Woman #1 is out this Wednesday online and in comic shops everywhere. Check it out! It’s going to be pretty, and should be a good read. This is a stellar creative team, and I’m very excited to see what they do with Wonder Woman.

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

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